February 13, 2024
Demigod overseeing aerospace project
The Māori joint-venture partner in the Tāwhaki aerospace precinct say the opening of a new sealed airstrip near Ōtautahi-Christchurch is a step towards having a $2 billion industry by 2033.
Spokesperson David Perenara-O’Connell, the Ngai Tahu representative on the Tāwhaki board, says the 25 kilometre Kaitōrete Spit – between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Ellesmere-Waihora – an ideal location for aerospace flights and experiments.
He says Tāwhaki was a demi-god who sought celestial knowledge … and now his descendants are doing the same.
“We’ve worked basically from day dot to establish Tāwhaki against our pūrakau and values of Tāwhaki, to grow great relationships with the aerospace sector – and what we need to do to unlock the potential for New Zealand,” Mr Perenara-O’Connell says.
The former and current governments have to be acknowledged for multi-million-dollar funding and key agency support for the project – which already involves some of Aotearoa’s best aerospace companies.